CMP-funded BISBEE'17 opens in New York on Wednesday, September 5 at the Film Forum with a national rollout to follow. You can catch BISBEE'17 here in Chicago for a week-long run on October 5 at the Music Box Theater!
CMP-funded 306 HOLLYWOOD opens in New York on Friday, September 28 at THE QUAD Cinema with a national rollout to follow!
TOP DOCS FOR THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER
We have seen some great lists floating around, listing the top documentary films of the year. You might even recognize a few CMP-funded films and some DOC10 films! Below you will find Esquire and Vogue's lists in addition to our very own CMP Top Ten Docs list.
Esquire's The Best Documentaries of 2018 (So Far)
"Truth is often crazier, scarier, and more uplifting than fiction—today more than ever."
1. 24 FRAMES by Abbas Kiarostami
2. FILMWORKER by Tony Zierra
3. RYUICHI SAKAMOTO: CODA by Stephen Nomura Schible
4. BISBEE '17 by Robert Greene
5. WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? by Morgan Neville
6. CIELO by Alison McAlpine
7. MINDING THE GAP by Bing Liu
8. THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS by Tim Wardle
9. THE ROAD MOVIE by Dmitrii Kalashnikov
10. THE BLEEDING EDGE by Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering
Vogue's The 13 Documentaries You Need To See This Summer
"Whatever you’re looking for, it’s all here for you this summer at your local movie theater or via streaming service—don’t miss out."
1. RBG by Julie Cohen and Betsy West
2. BOOM FOR REAL: THE LATE TEENAGE YEARS OF JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT by Sara Driver
3. POPE FRANCIS: A MAN OF HIS WORD by Wim Wenders
4. THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ANDRE by Kate Novack
5. WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? by Morgan Neville
6. THE KING by Eugene Jarecki
7. THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS by Tim Wardle
8. ROBIN WILLIAMS: COME INSIDE MY MIND by Marina Zenovich
9. WHITNEY by Kevin Macdonald
10. MCQUEEN by Ian Bonhote and Peter Ettedgui
11. DARK MONEY by Kimberly Reed
12. GENERATION WEALTH by Lauren Greenfield
13. JOHN McENROE: IN THE REALM OF PERFECTION by Julie Faraut
CMP's Top Ten Docs For The Dog Days of Summer
1. WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? by Morgan Neville
2. THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS by Tim Wardle
3. WILD WILD COUNTRY by Maclain Way and Chapman Way
4. THE KING by Eugene Jarecki
5. CRIME + PUNISHMENT by Stephen Maing
6. ROBIN WILLIAMS: COME INSIDE MY MIND by Marina Zenovich
7. LOVE, GILDA by Lisa Dapolito
8. EVIL GENIUS by Trey Borzillieri
9. SKY LADDER by Kevin Macdonald
10. BEING ELMO by Constance A. Marks
The documentary landscape is constantly shifting and changing - documentary series and feature films continue to find great demand on SVOD platforms and in theaters. See below to learn more about the increasing popularity of the documentary series format, Netflix's newest method of acquiring programming, Jeffrey Katzenberg's short-form 'NewTV' platform, and yet another documentary film breaking the bank at theaters!
Doc Series Grow in Popularity, More Filmmakers Are Drawn to the Storytelling Format
"Once upon a time, a feature-length documentary that did well theatrically was the holy grail of nonfiction film. But in 2015, the nonfiction world began to change. That year, HBO’s six-part series “The Jinx,” about murder suspect and real estate heir Robert Durst, aired to great acclaim and became a pop-cultural phenomenon. Just months after the widespread success of “The Jinx,” Netflix’s true-crime 10-part series “Making a Murderer” was released and that also became a pop-cultural phenomenon. Both series officially reinvigorated the long-form, true crime docuseries format and primed audiences for ESPN’s “O.J.: Made in America.”"
Netflix tries a different model for TV shows, paying more up front but keeping more later on big hits, insiders say
"Netflix, not surprisingly, is trying something very different to secure new TV shows. The high-flying company is frequently offering to pay for a television show's production costs and throw in an additional fee on top to own original series, a different strategy than traditional TV networks have employed in the past. These moves, which come during contract talks with production companies, make it very hard for TV networks to compete, according to several people who have worked with Netflix on such deals."
Jeffrey Katzenberg’s ‘NewTV’ Startup Closes $1 Billion, All Major Studios Among Investors
"Backers include a who’s who of Hollywood studios: Disney, 21st Century Fox, NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Viacom, AT&T’s WarnerMedia (formerly Time Warner Inc.), Lionsgate, MGM, ITV and Entertainment One. Tech investors include Chinese internet giant Alibaba Group; strategic investors include VC firm Madrone Capital Partners, which led the round, along with Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and John Malone’s Liberty Global. The funding officially closed July 31."
Box Office: 'Three Identical Strangers' Crosses $10M, Continues Doc Boom
'The film about three triplets has become one of the most successful docs of all time, sharing the limelight with this summer's 'Won't You Be My Neighbor?' and 'RBG.''
Following the release of CMP-funded RECOVERY BOYS, the featured rehab center, Jacob's Ladder, has been receiving more calls than ever - ranging from complimentary callers to those seeking treatment.
'Jacob’s Ladder founder and medical director Dr. Kevin Blankenship said the increased interest amazed him at first. “There’s so much stigma related to addiction, especially locally. I was a little bit surprised by how well this was really playing not only in the state of West Virginia, but also nationally and internationally.”'